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The Lure of the Moon and the Legacy of Apollo

presented by William Francis Taylor, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

7:00 PM Friday, April 12, 2019
South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932


The Moon is the closest world to the Earth and the most distant place humans have ever set foot on. Its existence has shaped life on our planet, and its beauty and mystery have inspired cultures for millennia. Fifty years ago, the first voyagers set out across the vast expanse of space to bring us all one small step forward in understanding our universe. In this illustrated lecture, NASA Solar System Ambassador and Montauk Observatory Educator, William Francis Taylor, will answer such questions as: What did the Apollo astronauts learn; what have we learned since; and what mysteries remain for the next generation of explorers? At the end of the discussion, everyone will have an opportunity (weather permitting) to see the beauty of the Moon for themselves with telescopes provided by the South Fork Natural History Museum and the Montauk Observatory.

Suitable for adults and children 10 years and older.

This event is FREE

To register, call SoFo at 631-537-9735

Montauk Observatory would like to thank William Francis Taylor for sharing his expertise and SoFo for hosting and co-sponsoring this event.

Montauk Observatory (MO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit, has served the South Fork since 2005, and relies on public support (e.g., small donations) to operate. The mission of the organization is to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows, and other events are held throughout the South Fork, often in partnership with other nonprofit organizations. MO has established the first astronomical observatory on the South Fork (in East Hampton), complete with Long Island's largest research-grade telescope; these facilities will soon be made accessible over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Montauk Observatory offers all of its programs free-of-charge to encourage participation regardless of economic status. For further information about Montauk Observatory, to join MO's list for event notices, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit or email

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